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Dances of Universal Peace

Our May dance event
at Dancing Peacock Paradise
Saturday May 27th, 2017

May 27th, 2017 at Dancing Peacock Paradise Our Dance of May 27th 2017. Click on any photo above to view the entire album.

Dances of Universal Peace, Saturday, May 27, Dancing Peacock Paradise.  Arrive between 1 & 4:30.  Potluck dinner at 5, dancing at 6.  $10 + potluck.
"Day of Delight ~ Evening of Bliss"
  RSVP  with your name, email, & town for directions
                  & address or carpooling connections. 
Please reserve in advance to spend the night ~ $25/person
Last Month's Dance ~ "Holy Names"
An appeal from Patrick Harrigan, our photographer & webmaster.
The Baba Sheikh, Khurto Hajji Ismail, supreme spiritual leader of the Yezidi nation

“May other people meet with happiness before us.
When all the peoples of the earth find happiness,
then only shall we Yezidis find happiness also.”
-Yezidi prayer

In 2014, with your encouragement & financial support, I rushed to Washington DC to meet with the Baba Sheikh, supreme spiritual leader of the ancient Yezidi community of northern Iraq, as he was leading Yezidi delegation appealing for help from the White House and the State Department to defend the peaceful and unarmed Yezidi people from death and brutality at the hands of the so-called Islamic State.
Since that time, I have been serving the Baba Sheikh as part of an effort for to ensure security and prosperity for Yezidis inhabiting Ezidikhan, the Yezidi nation. Now only we are going public.
As bureau chief of Ezidikhan's official news bureau, www.ezidikhan.net ‘the Voice of the Yezidis’, I compile, process, edit, and publish Middle East regional news developments that affect Yezidis.
Damon Corrie & Chase Iron Eyes
I am appealing to you and every open-hearted Sufi to recognize, endorse, and support the Yezidis’ first international diplomatic mission, with First Peoples of the New World expressing solidarity with the indigenous peoples of Mesopotamia and the ancient wisdom traditions that they protect and preserve for all humanity.
Consider this as your personal contribution to this joint effort to restore sanity to humanity, starting in heart of the Middle East.

We need to raise money quickly to send two leading American Indian activists, Damon Corrie and Chase Iron Eyes, to northern Iraq to establish Yezidi diplomatic ties with First Peoples the New World and plan further diplomatic missions on behalf of the Baba Sheikh.

His Holiness is expecting their visit next month. But it costs at least $5,000 to send them to Iraq.

For more details, and to make a tax-deductible contribution to this cause, go to our fund raising page for this mission at

I appeal to you for your support of this mission. Count yourself among the Yezidis' supporters, no matter how small or how large your donation may be!
-Patrick Harrigan
"Testimonials" below from new dancers (or returning after a long absence)
Thank you for your warm hospitality & sharing your home that others may enjoy the dances.  I came with no expectations & had a wonderful time. I enjoyed meeting like-minded people who felt familiar yet I had never met...  Peggy 

Dancing last Sat. was wonderful.  Your gracious hospitality in that beautiful setting was tonic for mind, body, & soul. Truly felt the presence of the Comforter. Until next time, Linda Martin

In the evening at the May dance, we will do zikr in the gazebo
Try out the new bench
on the cottage dock built by our talented & appreciated handyman, Mike Watts
Saturday, July 29
~ Save the date ! ~

At 7:30 that evening we will host a community "Dances of Universal Peace" gathering at the beautiful Thomas Center in Gainesville, DiAnahita leading accompanied by Florida musicians. We expect a big attendance similar to our annual Global Peace Dance.  Details in  upcoming newsletters.  Lodging at Peacock Paradise.
If you are an amateur Musician
interested in playing for our dances, please offer, and attend a practice, usually a couple of hours before the dance.
My first visit to Peacock Paradise has given me so much peace & enrichment, with the music & dancing & also the inclusiveness & warmth I experienced with the wonderful participants.
Thank you, thank you!
Priscilla Gulliver
I appreciate what you do for us all. It's such a wonderful day
to be with folks of like mind,
Hope it won't be so long
before I'm back! 
Deb Williams
Joe Howard took the wonderful photos for us last month.  Who will be the photographer for May?
While you're here...
Be sure to take advantage of the opportunity to be immersed in nature.
   * Trails in the woods
   * Boats by the lake
   * Hammocks & swings for relaxing
   * Labyrinth by the Gazebo
   * Wildlife: birds, reptiles, mammals
   * Domestic peacocks, chickens,
      cats, & a rabbit.
Great photo backgrounds & subjects!
Bring your camera!
Advance Notice
2017 Florida Dance Retreat
Thursday, October 19 to Sunday, October 22
with Allaudin Ottinger
in Fruitland Park, Florida

"Peace, Salaam, Shalom!"

Visit Dances of Universal Peace Florida on Facebook

May 2013 at Dancing Peacock Paradise
"Dancing Peacock Paradise is an amazing space to deepen dance practice. It is very beautiful and inviting, an experience not to be missed. I have spent wonderful, magical days here over the years and cherish all. I look forward to returning."
-Sophia Shunny
Silver City, New Mexico

Thanksgiving 2009 at Dancing Peacock Paradise

Dances of Universal Peace honor religious traditions of the world by chanting phrases from holy scriptures & oral traditions.

Everything is taught in the moment as we join our voices together.

More details about Allaudin and Lila’s 2013 Dance Retreat

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